The Nigerian Government Appoints Kashifu Abdullahi as the new Director General of NITDA

Yesterday, on Tuesday, August 20 2019, the Federal Government appointed Mr Kashifu Abdullahi as the new Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

Mrs Hadiza Umar, Head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations of NITDA, confirmed the appointment in Abuja on Tuesday. Umar quoted a statement signed by Mr Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, on the new NITDA boss appointment and others.

Mr Inuwa Kashifu Abdullahi is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT Sloan – trained strategist with 14+ years of experience on IT operations, business transformation and solution architecture, across both public and private sectors.

In the past, he worked with Galaxy Backbone Limited, the public enterprise in charge of setting up and operating a unified Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure in the country, and he has quite a number of professional certifications.

Until this appointment as the fifth director of NITDA, Abdullahi was a principal officer at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) but was on secondment to NITDA as a Technical Assistant.

This appointment comes after the nomination of Dr Isa Pantami, the outgoing director general of the agency as a minister designate by the President.

According to Shehu, other appointments by the government included Sen. Basheer Mohammed who replaced Mrs Sadiya Farouk as Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons.